Recently we went hiking with friends all the way to the summit of Le Parmelan (1834 metres) the prominent peak jutting out of the north edge of the Alps a little west of Lake Annecy. It’s a huge, rugged massif with the occasional hiking trail, but not much else. I, of course, was eyeing the cycling possibilities.
Browsing: Mountain Bike
An alternate route to Col du Galibier from the Maurienne valley without taking Col du Télégraphe – not easy. Map, profiles, photos. Galibier was closed above the tunnel, but I managed to get to the Col.
Col de Chérel is another little known, deserted, tough, climb, from Lake Annecy. This is a relatively tough, truly quiet, loop in the Bauges Alps. Note: The top several kilometres of both cols are unpaved roads – I had my 29er mountain bike.
A very quiet, challenging, unpaved cycling route to Col des Glières that includes 6 cols, and passes very close to three more. Map and photos.
Col de l’Aulp and Col de la Forclaz – great secret climb above Lake Annecy.
My Favourite Mountain Bike cycling climbs in the Alps – maps, photos, route descriptions.
Col de Crozet. Mountain Biking in the Jura Mountains. Map, photos, route description.
A challenging but beautiful little mountain bike ride above Argentière ski station near Chamonix. Map, photos, route description. Cycling in the Alps near Mont Blanc.
Superb mountain bike ride to the Aguille Croche via Col du Joly. Photos, map, route description. cycling beside Mont Blanc.